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Bernard BolzanoHis Life and Work$
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Paul Rusnock and Jan Sebestík

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198823681

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198823681.001.0001

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(p.83) Chapter 2 Ethics
Bernard Bolzano

Paul Rusnock

Jan Šebestík

Oxford University Press

Bolzano’s ethics is a variant of utilitarianism. As an early utilitarian theory, it lacks some of the refinements later developed with the help of concepts drawn from economic theory. It is nevertheless mostly up to his usual standard, with clear explanations of the key points, and fair consideration of opposing views. This relatively brief chapter presents the main points of Bolzano’s exposition of ethics, before looking at some subtle questions raised by duties with respect to beliefs, which he dealt with in a pair of sermons on self-deception and in the Treatise of the Science of Religion.

Keywords:   highest moral law, utilitarianism, ethics, belief

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